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Matt Cooper: We need to let go of the 2008 fantasy figures

There was nothing normal about the public sector pay levels of eight years ago - and there’s no point aspiring to them

20th November, 2016
Luas workers man a picket line during a strike at the Transdev depot at the Red Cow roundabout in Dublin Picture: PA

It seems that Jack O’Connor, boss of Siptu, the country’s largest trade union, wants to bring us back to 2008 – the year in which we all realised things were going terribly wrong in the economy, and when that Fianna Fáil–led government had to begin introducing austerity – and make that the base year for setting new levels of public sector pay.

O’Connor’s argument last week was that...

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